Written by: Stephenie Meyer
Published By: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reviewed by Dorothy Doremus
The first book in the Stephenie Meyers Twilight series is a trip down a high school girl’s first love with a Buffy/Angel twist. I know that I am crossing over some sacred Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan treaty by reading these books, but I could not help my curiosity. Everywhere I went, there were movies, books, promotional items. I was literally surrounded by the saga. So, I had a gift card and said, “Why not, it’s free.”
What I expected was some teenage angst no one could possibly relate to. I was wrong. I think that instead of reading first and then judging the novel, I was guilty of listening to the preconceived ideas heard in office circles. I wish these individuals would have read the books before offering their opinions.
Twilight is the story of Bella Swan, a teenager with an unstable home in Arizona who is sent to live with her father in Forks, Washington. Bella makes friends rather quickly and begins to fit in with the people from school. One day, Bella takes notice of a bunch of model-like kids sitting at a lunch table across the room. The Cullens were an extremely tight-knit family unit and never really socialized outside their clique. Edward Cullen immediately becomes the apple of Bella’s eye. She cannot seem to take her eyes off the young man which leads to an introduction during biology class.
As Bella and Edward’s relationship continues to blossom, we seem to notice something strange about the Cullen clan. For one thing, Edward's eyes are a lovely gold color when he is happy, but when angry, his eyes turn black. There is also the fact that Edward and his family are never in school when the weather is sunny. When the Cullens are in the cafeteria, they have lunch, but never eat the food. There was also the matter of the mysterious absence during biology class when the students are pricking their fingers for blood to match blood types as an experiment. Weird, well not really if you are vampires.
Bella eventually uncovers the truth with the help of Edward’s hints and Bella’s theories. However, Bella finds she isn’t afraid of Edward, despite Edward’s warning that being friends with him could be dangerous. Despite the danger, Bella and Edward’s romance blossoms.
All comes to a halt one night as the Cullen family plays baseball in the forest and are confronted by three other vampires who try to kill Bella. Bella flees, but one vampire named James, a tracker, is bent on killing her. Edward tries to draw James away from Bella, but the plan goes very wrong and Bella narrowly escapes danger.
I really wasn’t sure about reading Twilight, but I gave it a chance and was pleasantly surprised. I’ve become hooked and have decided to read the rest of the series.